City secures funding to replace Nangetty-Walkaway Bridge

Published on Wednesday, 12 October 2022 at 2:02:55 PM

The City of Greater Geraldton has secured more than $4.5 million in Australian Government funding to replace the 59 year old Walkaway-Nangetty Bridge over the Greenough River.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn thanked the Australian Government for supporting the replacement of the bridge that no longer meets the needs of the transport industry.

“Since the bridge was constructed in 1964 the transport industry has grown and changed and the use of road trains up to 36.5m long RAV7 (Restricted Access Vehicles) on regional roads is now commonplace,” he said.

“This route services grain-harvest, lime-sand, sand mining and other freight operations and is an important link to the commercial and industrial area of the City and to the Geraldton Port via the Geraldton-Mount Magnet Road.

“I am very pleased the Australian Government recognised the importance of this bridge to our community and economy and I’d like to thank them for providing $4,539,307 in funding from the Bridges Renewal Program to replace it.”

Following regular infrastructure audits undertaken in early 2021, concerns were raised about the aged bridge’s capacity to carry heavy haulage vehicles up to RAV7. To ensure this critical freight route could remain open to the transport industry, in July 2021, the speed limit on the bridge was reduced to 60km/h.

The design and construction of the new concrete bridge estimated at over $8 million is joint funded with Mainroads Western Australia providing $1 million and the Australian Government contributing $4,539,307 from the Bridges Renewal Program.

More information on the project is available on the City’s website here

Picture Caption: The 59 year old Nangetty-Walkaway Bridge

The 59 year old Nangetty-Walkaway Bridge

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